poulter's measure

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poul·ter's measure

(pōl′tərz)
n.
A metrical pattern employing couplets in which the first line is in iambic hexameter and the second is in iambic heptameter.

[From obsolete poulter, a poultry dealer (from the practice of giving a few extra eggs in the dozen), from Middle English pulter, from Old French pouletier; see poultry.]
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